How to Know if You Have Drain Flies
It’s common to check around the house, the basement, and the attic for the source of unwanted house pests like rats, mice, and cockroaches. But, are you aware that a nasty fly pest can actually spawn out of your drains and sewers? Called the Clogmia Albipunctata, also known as the drain fly, these pesky fly critters are attracted to the nastier parts of homes where organic material like hair and food collect. The buildup of these compounds creates the perfect breeding ground for the water-resistant drain fly.
SHOULD I BE WORRIED?
A small amount of drain flies are hardly a nuisance on a home; but these creatures like to reproduce and spread quickly. Once a drain fly decides to call your drains home, that single fly can lay 10-200 eggs that will all hatch within a couple of days, and the cycle continues. Once they feast on your organic food, they become strong enough to travel through your drains, and even emerge into your home. It’s a totally disgusting problem to have.
DO-IT YOURSELF FIXES
After hearing that, you’re probably thinking to yourself: that is horrible, how do I ensure that NEVER happens to my home? Unfortunately, it’s not a simple fix for eradicating the fly nuisance. Drain flies survive well in water, and you have to account for the full-grown adults and dozens of eggs. They’re even resistant to bleach, vinegar, and boiling water being poured down the drains.
To go about a sustainable removal for your home, here are a few tips for getting ahead of the drain flies:
1. IDENTIFY DRAIN FLIES
We know you’re no expert, but take the time to study the “regular” flies getting into your homes from doors and entryways. These flies look significantly different compared to drain flies. If you are able to see a fly in your house that doesn’t look like the typical “moth fly” household pest, it’s time to call in a professional for a full-scale assessment.
2. LOCATE THE SOURCE
Drain flies can come from organic buildups in your bathroom, kitchen sink, shower, sump pump, sewage system, or even floorboards (anywhere there’s a pipe leak). Since the flies can breed so quickly, if you’re able to spot a breeding ground in one of the plumbing openings, chances are, they’ve moved elsewhere, too.
Tip: They can even be in your washing machine connections and outdoor roof draining systems
3. KILL THE NEST
This is hard for a do-it-yourselfer to take on, but it’s recommended you try a variety of household cleaners and clog removal liquids to kill the drain flies. They are known for being resistant critters, which mean it’s not guaranteed that will officially eradicate them. Additionally, they are attracted to light sources, which means if you can lure them out of their nest, they’ll be more vulnerable to attack.
4. CALL THE PROFESSIONAL
Who wants disgusting flies crawling around their home? Drain flies are a uniquely difficult pest to locate, as they prefer to stay in deep, dark crevices in your sewer system. This is a situation where you want to seriously consider giving us a call. We can stop the reproduction right in its tracks and ensure all of your organic blockages are removed, too.